Poster illustration commemorating Robin Williams' character Mrs. Doubtfire in a graphic badge style with type arrangement.
Hand Lettering inspired by the Jamaican patois version of "Buiochas" Letterforms inspired by old Jamaican album covers and the artwork accompanying vintage reggae Dancehall records.
2016 Provost's Colloquium Poster
Poster concept for the 2016 Provost Colloquium at CSUN. The title for the event was "Surrendering Information Through the Looking Glass: Trust, Transparency, and Protection."
Experimental hand lettering which merges the typographic forms and utilizes inspiration from Vietnamese motifs. The name reads as the person's name (Tram) and incorporates the tiger and lotus illustrations for added visual interest and asymmetry. Original ink and watercolor drawing digitized for final format.
Illustrated album cover for the DJ group Ancient Astronauts. Artwork is meant to convey the feeling of complete auditory suspension, being fully absorbed by the music and the pair of floating headphones. It is themed around the group's name and uses the vastness of outer space as the contextual environment. The headphones encapsulating the astronaut is meant to act both as a visual symbol of the group's style in music and as a main part of the actual composition.
Illustrated portrait featuring the main protagonist from the novel Shibumi. Nicholai Hel is portrayed as the worlds most lethal assassin with the ability to retreat into "mystic transport" and visualize his tactical strategy in the form of the Japanese game go.
The illustration is meant to encapsulate his moment of mystic transport and visualize the way go is used within his mental space. Colors were chosen based on the characters mixed nationality and abstracted geometric shapes used to form the clothing. go board, and background.
Concept illustration for a NY Times article called "The Violence in our Heads" by T.M. Luhrmann, relating to the many aspects of schizophrenia. The article talks about the correlation between the types of voices people hear and how certain cultural and social contexts can have an influence on them. It also talked about how treating unsettling voices with dignity and respect can change them.
The Illustration focuses on this aspect of an internal negotiation, visualizing the symbolic "agreement" between a person and the voices they hear. The main subject is a non-descript character in profile view. The voices are depicted as the mass of intertwining hands and arms forming the brain. Both the character and the voices are coming together to shake hands, suggesting acknowledgement, agreement, and respect.
Illustrated gig poster for a joint show featuring two DJ's, Eliot Lipp and Blockhead. The image alludes to the electronic hip-hop style music they both play and the type of equipment used when making beats and performing live.
Five color screen print poster for the reggae group Mungo's Hi-Fi. The image combines visuals drawn from Jamaican soundsystem culture and the group's use of electronic and traditional instruments, synthesizers, turntables and soundsystem equipment. The central image is the logo for the record label, Scotch Bonnet Records. Color separation includes red, yellow, green, halftone, and a black keyline.
Concept cover and spot illustrations for a Times Magazine article called "Meat and Global Warming" by Bryan Walsh. The article discusses the impact of global meat consumption and how it adversely affects the environment. The cover illustration is meant to comment on our increasing demand of meat products as a food source and how that process is detrimental to our health, and environment. It depicts a cow's head with a plastic fork/falling tree emerging from each of its the horns, alluding to our dependency on meat products and its adverse effects on the environment. The spot illustration echos this notion by cropping in on the cow's head and focusing on the horns which show them as smoke stacks emitting mass amounts of pollution into the air.
An illustrated book jacket design for Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita. The main image derives from the twisted point of view of the books unreliable narrator, Humbert Humbert. His skewed perception and dark obsession for Dolore Haze, who he has nicknamed Lolita, becomes the basis for the illustration. It combines the form of a butterfly with a girl's hairbow contained in a specimen box. The image is meant to convey Humbert Humbert's twisted view of Lolita as this delicate object meant only for him. Through his eyes we see Lolita projected as his ultimate delusion, a delicate butterfly contained and restricted by him. Simultaneously, we see Lolita as Dolores Haze, the young girl who Humbert Humbert's malicious fixation revolves around.
Portrait illustration for Hip hop rapper and producer MF Doom. Utilizes indirect portraiture as a means to encapsulate the ongoing anonymity as well as the iconic status of his mask. The mask is depicted as battle-scarred and worn alluding to MF Doom's unique style, consistency, and unrivaled skills as a lyricist. Medium: ink and digital color.
An illustration based from a combination of the words "manifest" and "distraction" for the main subject matter. It depicts a person on his phone seemingly unaware of the tangled mass emerging from the screen. Manifest Distraction comments on the dangerous notion of constant diversion from our surroundings by way of our technology. The intertwining tendrils represent the underlying menace and inherent distraction caused by our pervasive reliance on technology.
An illustration based on a visual synthesis of jellyfish and a cluster of mushrooms. By replacing the caps of the mushrooms with the hood and tentacles of the jellyfish, a unified representation of the new visual was achieved. Media used: graphite, ink, and watercolor.
Ink drawing featuring various stealth-action video game characters. Includes Batman, Corvo Attano, Ezio Auditore, Sam Fisher, and Agent 47.